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Dream On
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Dream On

Aerosmith
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Aerosmith

Song Meaning of Dream On by Aerosmith, and what it is about


"Dream On" is a power ballad by Aerosmith from their 1973 eponymous debut album. Written by lead singer Steven Tyler, this song was their first major hit.


Released as a single in 1973, it peaked at number 59 on the Billboard Hot 100.


In a 2011 interview, Tyler reminisced about his father, a Juilliard-trained musician. He recalled lying beneath his dad's piano as a three-year-old listening to him play classical music. "That's where I got that Dream On chordage", he said.


Lyrical composition was completed when Steven was 14 years old.


In the authorized band memoir Walk This Way, Tyler says about the origins of the songs:

The music for 'Dream On' was originally written on a Steinway upright piano in the living room of Trow-Rico Lodge in Sunapee, maybe four years before Aerosmith even started. I was seventeen or eighteen. ... It was just this little thing I was playing, and I never dreamed it would end up as a real song or anything. ... It's about dreaming until your dreams come true.


Lyrics of Dream On by Aerosmith


Every time that I look in the mirror

All these lines on my face getting clearer

The past is gone

It went by like dusk to dawn

Isn't that the way?

Everybody's got their dues in life to pay, yeah

 

I know nobody knows

Where it comes and where it goes

I know it's everybody's sin

You got to lose to know how to win

 

Half my life's in books' written pages

Lived and learned from fools and from sages

You know it's true

All the things come back to you

 

Sing with me, sing for the year

Sing for the laughter and sing for the tear

Sing with me, if it's just for today

Maybe tomorrow the good Lord will take you away

 

Sing with me, sing for the year

Sing for the laughter and sing for the tear

Sing with me, it's just for today

Maybe tomorrow the good Lord will take you away

 

Dream on, dream on, dream on

Dream until your dreams come true

Dream on, dream on, dream on

Dream until your dreams come true

Dream on, dream on

Dream on, dream on

Dream on, dream on

Dream on

Ah!

 

Sing with me, sing for the year

Sing for the laughter and sing for the tear

Sing with me, if it's just for today

Maybe tomorrow the good Lord will take you away

Sing with me, sing for the year

Sing for the laughter and sing for the tear

Sing with me, it's just for today

Maybe tomorrow the good Lord will take you away

Release Date

1973

Songwriter/s

Steven Tyler

Producer/s

Adrian Barber

Label/s

Columbia

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